Machete-wielding militias battle gangs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Armored-police-vehicle-Haiti Armored police vehicle in Port-au-Prince on March 17. CNN

Mathew 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Important Takeaways:

  • Since the start of the month, criminal groups have been attacking with unprecedented coordination the last remnants of the Haitian state – the airport, police stations, government buildings, the National Penitentiary.
  • Leaving the city isn’t an option this time; the airport, under siege by gangs, has been forced to close
  • Port-au-Prince’s gangs are still choking off the supply of food, fuel and water across the city
  • Fear, mistrust, and anger reign. Death is on everyone’s mind.
  • The indelible mark of extrajudicial executions – a stretch of black soot thick and irregular across the pavement – is all that remains of hundreds of suspected criminals killed by residents, their bodies disposed of by flame according to a local security source.
  • Today, talk of a political solution sounds more than ever like wishful thinking as long as gunshots ring out in the evenings, puncturing the city’s hush.
  • Increasingly, the only thing that everyone shares is trauma.

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